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Myth Busting

Private health insurance isn’t worth it

FALSE.

When you’re sick or hurt – the last thing you want to do is wait.

Having private health insurance means you:

  • Are protected against high costs of care.
  • Don’t have to wait for hospital procedures.

Can tailor your extras to your lifestyle, meaning you are covered for the services you need most.

I’m young and healthy – I don’t need private health insurance

FALSE.

Unfortunately, ill-health or accidents can strike at any time regardless of age.

Young people with basic health cover are protected from high costs of care – and can choose the healthcare provider and timing of the procedure themselves.

If I did have private health insurance, I would have to pay extra out-of-pocket costs, which I can’t afford

FALSE.

  • Consumers can very easily sign up to ‘no gap’ and no excess cover – meaning they are covered for services by specialists who have agreed not to charge any extra
  • Out of pocket costs occur when hospitals or specialists who don’t have an agreement with your provider, charge you excess costs

Consumers should always check with specialists about any out-of-pocket costs they might incur.

I can get exactly the same healthcare if I use the public hospital system

FALSE.

Private health patients’ median waiting time for elective surgery is 20 days, compared to 42 days for public patients. [Reference: AIHW report]

  • Private health insurance allows consumers to choose their healthcare provider and the timing of their procedure.
  • With private health insurance, you don’t have to wait for hospital procedures.
It’s not my responsibility to take out private health insurance to prop up the public health system

FALSE.

  • Private health insurance is voluntary, but all Australians benefit when the private health sector works well.
  • Private health insurance takes pressure off public hospitals.
Private health insurance is for the rich

FALSE.

Half of all Australians who have PHI have disposable incomes under $50,000 a year.

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